Lifeline for lawyers

Established in 2001, the Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP) is a free and confidential practice advice service for solicitors, offering support and information on legal practice issues. The service is staffed by an experienced solicitor, with 30 years plus practise experience, who has access to a range of information sources, offering confidential telephone advice. By contacting LAP you initially speak in confidence with the program coordinator. In addition to offering a sympathetic, yet impartial ear, the LAP coordinator may also point you in the direction of suitable counsellors, agencies or schemes such as LawCare for further assistance.

The service operates from 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday. Simply call 1800 777 662 or email to access support.

LAP is a service for NSW solicitors only and is not available to members of the public. The service does not offer legal advice.

About the LAP Coordinator

Lifeline for lawyersCharles Xuereb is the LAP coordinator. Charles has practised as a solicitor for over 30 years, commencing as a sole practitioner in Marrickville. In 2000, Charles joined a mid-tier CBD firm as a consultant, where he remained for four years. Charles returned to sole practice in 2004, when he opened an office in Pitt Street, Sydney.

From 1991 until 1998 and from 2004 to 2007, Charles served on the Law Society Council. During those terms, he served on many Law Society Committees. His time on the Council has provided him with an insight into the personal problems experienced by some solicitors who are the subject of a complaint. He has also seen complaints against solicitors which could have been avoided had the solicitor received help before the problem was exacerbated.

Charles has broad general experience in most areas of the law and in private practice.

Practitioners who find themselves in difficulty and would like to talk confidentially about their problems or seek professional help should contact Charles on 1800 777 662 or 

* While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided by the Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP), it does not constitute legal advice and cannot be relied upon as such. The Lawyers Assistance Program does not accept any responsibility for liabilities arising as a result of reliance upon the information given.


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